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Louisville vs. Pittsburgh - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (8-6) at Louisville Cardinals (10-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Louisville Cardinals meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 68.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 41 percent shooting. Jared Wilson-Frame is averaging 12.9 points and 1.1 assists while Ryan Luther is averaging 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds. Marcus Carr is the third double-digit scorer and Shamiel Stevenson is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost seven of their last nine road games.

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Louisville vs. Pittsburgh - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 77.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Deng Adel is averaging 15.4 points and 3.5 rebounds while Quentin Snider is averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 assists. Ray Spalding is the third double-digit scorer and V.J. King is grabbing four rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.3 rebounds per game. The Louisville Cardinals have won five straight home games.

The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

Right when it looked like the Pittsburgh Panthers were going to be a joke of a team this season, they won seven of their last nine games. Yes, all of those wins came against blah teams, but wins are wins, and they certainly provide confidence heading into the meat of the schedule. The Louisville Cardinals are coming off a beatdown loss to the Kentucky Wildcats and have not been good against the number even dating back to last season. This line seems like a bit of a stretch. I'll take a stab with Pittsburgh and the points.

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